The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands will carry out this weekend an extra effort to try to control the evolution of the contagions in Tenerife. To do this, it will develop three important events, the realization of mass screening in three of the areas with the highest incidence of infections (Barranco Grande, La Cuesta and Granadilla), with a population of 53,947 people; on Sunday, and for 24 hours, there will be mass vaccination in the Santiago Martín Pavilion, with Janssen vaccine to people between 40 and 59 years old, and the search and detection of possible variants of the virus.
The area councilor, Blas Trujillo, announced that the first massive screenings will be carried out in the basic health areas of Barranco Grande, La Cuesta and Granadilla, because the Accumulated Incidence at 7 days is higher than 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants , have more than two cases without links and show a notable growth in infections.
Thus, rapid antigen tests will be performed on people between 18 and 45 years old and, if there are positive, complementary PCR tests will be performed. This initiative seeks to locate asymptomatic patients in that age group, where the greatest number of infections is concentrated, and the expansion can be tracked and controlled. Health could extend screening to the areas of Los Gladiolos, Arona-Vilaflor and Taco, and could even be extended, depending on capacity, to Ofra-Delicias, Arona Costa 1 and La Laguna-Finca España.
On the other hand, next Sunday, starting at 8 a.m., the Santiago Martín Pavilion will open its doors 24 hours a day to vaccinate without prior appointment people between 40 and 59 years old, that is, born between 1962 and 1981 and that they have not received any doses. The goal is to reach 12,000 people vaccinated with Janssen, in one dose.
In addition, given the appearance of new variants and mutations, kits will be used to improve detection, with results in less than 24 hours, and will complement the Genomic Surveillance carried out by the Hospital de La Candelaria. Trujillo warned that there is a “certain general relaxation” throughout the world, understandable, because society is “exhausted”, and warned that the Delta variant will be the majority in August, due to its “very high” transmissibility, above the British, the majority in the Canary Islands. Only in Gran Canaria specific outbreaks have been detected. For this reason, he insisted on being “careful”, because, “at any moment, the situation could turn upside down”, as in Portugal.